Canada and New England in the Fall & St Lawrence River Cruise

Tour departs: 22 September 2018
Tour length: 28 Days

For well over 30 years now, we have been operating tours focusing on the spectacular scenery of Eastern Canada and New England during “The Fall” season.


Tour Departs – 22 September 2018.

Tour Length – 28 Days.

For well over 30 years now, we have been operating tours focusing on the spectacular scenery of Eastern Canada and New England during “The Fall” season. In the past three years we have made some changes to the itinerary and these enhancements have delighted our travellers and continued the tradition of relaxed touring, wonderful scenery and great company. Add in a magical 7 night cruise down the St Lawrence Seaway and through the Canadian Maritime provinces to Boston before continuing on to New York City and you have a great tour.

Seeing Eastern Canada and New England in The Fall is seeing nature at its best and most colourful. Our relaxed coach touring programme commences in Toronto and we then travel to the magnificent Niagara Falls before crossing the border and heading off through New York State to Massachusetts and historic Boston. In New Hampshire, the grandeur of the White Mountains and Mt Washington contrast with the gentility of the small villages and towns that dot the landscape. Enjoy the country roads, red barns and covered bridges of Vermont before we cross back over into Canada and reach the nation’s capital Ottawa. Our coach touring finishes in Montreal. But it’s not over yet …

The “icing on the cake” is the 07 night cruise which takes us down the St Lawrence River and into the Gulf of St Lawrence, visiting the Maritime Provinces of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Then down the Eastern seaboard of the USA to Boston before concluding with a 3 night stay in New York City.

Tour Highlights
  • Vancouver for a 2 night stay.
  • Toronto the nations largest city.
  • Niagara Falls for a two night stay.
  • Boston for a 3 night stay.
  • Touring Vermont & New Hampshire.
  • Ottawa for a 2 night stay.
  • A night at the magnificent Chateau Montebello.
  • 07 nights aboard the Holland America “Veendam” cruising the Gulf of St Lawrence and Maritime
  • New York City for a 3 night stay.


Saturday 22 September

Home – Vancouver (D)

We depart this evening for Vancouver. The flight crosses the international dateline en route and arrives Vancouver early afternoon. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 2 night stay. This evening, let’s get together for dinner.

Sunday 23 September

Vancouver (B)

This morning, we enjoy a relaxing sightseeing tour of Vancouver, rated the world’s most live able city. Highlights include the lovely Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Bay and Park, English Bay, Gas Town and the downtown area. The afternoon is free.

Monday 24 September

Vancouver – Toronto (B)

This morning, we are transferred back to Vancouver Airport in time to join our flight to Toronto. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for an over night stay.

Tuesday 25 September

Toronto – Niagara Falls (B,D)

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this cosmopolitan city. Toronto is a city of towers and spires where the old blends in with the new. Cultural institutions, theatres, parks, restaurants, fine stores and an intriguing variety and mix of peoples are making this city one of the great cities of the world.  After lunch, a short drive from Toronto takes us to Niagara Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. En route, we stop at the quaint town of Niagara-On-The-Lake often regarded as the prettiest town in Canada. Enjoy two nights at our hotel overlooking the falls.

Wednesday 26 September

Niagara Falls (B,D)

We enjoy a tour of the Niagara Falls area including the famous floral clock and the “Hornblower” cruise that takes us right up to the falls. A free afternoon for you to enjoy this spectacular environment.  Tonight, we enjoy dinner together with the illuminated falls as a backdrop.

Thursday 27 September

Niagara Falls – Albany (B,D)

We cross the border into the USA and enjoy a day on the road, travelling through rural farmlands and fruit growing areas close to the river. Our overnight stop is in Albany, capital of New York State.

Friday 28 September

Albany – Mohawk Trail – Boston (B,D)

A lovely drive today as we sit back on our coach and enjoy the autumn colours of the Mohawk Trail. We travel through many beautiful towns and colonial villages including Williamstown, known as the prettiest village in America and snugly nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains. At Shelbourne Falls visit the only Bridge of Flowers in America.Later this afternoon, we arrive into the great city of Boston for a 3 night stay.

Saturday 29 September

Boston – Freedom Trail (B)

Our morning tour shows us Boston City, the capital of Massachusetts and the most liveable large city in the USA. It is the cradle of independence, rich in history and culture, and it still retains much of the charm from an earlier age. We visit North Church, associated with the immortal Paul Revere and the Freedom Trail, and visit areas that in the past we have only read and heard about – “The Boston Tea Party”, Bunker Hill, Boston Pops Symphony Hall, Boston Common, and Beacon Hill.

Sunday 30 September

Boston – Cape Cod (B)

Our tour today takes us down to Cape Cod – “Kennedy Country” and home to the rich and famous – along the rugged coastline through fishing villages and coastal estates. Lunch is at Plymouth where the Pilgrim Fathers first arrived in the New World aboard the “Mayflower” over 350 years ago. We see Plymouth Rock at the harbour’s edge, commonly regarded as the stone on to which the “Mayflower” passengers first stepped ashore when they disembarked. We visit a full scale replica of the “Mayflower” and during the afternoon, keep an eye open for a cranberry “bog” in harvest – a great sight.

Monday 1 October:

Boston – White Mountain National Park (B,D)

After a good breakfast to start us on our way, we continue our journey with a lunch stop at the historic town of Portsmouth, New Hamp- shire’s only seaport. This is a delightful town with many vintage Georgian mansions and colonial structures dating back to the 1690s and the time of the original English settlers. We enjoy an overnight stay and dinner in the town of Lincoln, a major ski resort in the winter.

Tuesday 2 October:

Lincoln – Burlington, Vermont (B,D)

Our journey today takes us through White Mountain National Park. Spreading across New Hampshire into Maine, the White Mountains are the biggest in New England, noted for their spectacular scenery and many natural attractions – especially in the autumn. Dominating White Mountains is Mount Washington at nearly 7000ft. Then it’s across the border into Vermont. We spend the night in Burlington located on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Wednesday 3 October:

Burlington – Ottawa (B,D)

From Burlington, we travel up the shores of Lake Champlain stretching for 125 miles and cradled in the broad valley between the Adirondacks and the Green mountains. Before long, we reach the border and cross back into Canada and head for our destination, Ottawa, the Canadian capital where we stay for 2 nights.

Thursday 4 October:

Ottawa (B)

We enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ottawa. The wonderful autumn colours in the parks and gardens, the grounds of the Prime Minister and Governor General’s residences, the Houses of Parliament and the embassies make a wonderful display. At the end of the tour, enjoy a lunch break at the Fruit Markets with a wide range of restaurants and coffee shops. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city.

Friday 5 October:

Ottawa – Chateau Montebello (B,L,D)

This morning, we leave the hustle and bustle of Ottawa behind us as we drive to the wonderland of Chateau Montebello where the fall colours paint the woodlands scarlet and gold. Live graciously and relax luxuriously as we enjoy an overnight stay in the legendary log cabin style buildings of Chateau Montebello, set in 6,500 acres of picturesque countryside and glorious forest trails. For the energetic, there is golf or swimming, fishing in trout stocked lakes, boat cruising, horseback riding, hiking, croquet etc. Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon followed by time to explore the grounds of this magnificent resort.

Saturday 6 October:

Montebello – Montreal (B,D)

Commence Gulf of St Lawrence Atlantic Coast Cruise.

After breakfast, we leave Montebello and it’s just a short drive through quaint villages along the shores of the Ottawa River to Montreal, the second largest French- speaking city in the world. We enjoy a tour of the city which includes the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Montreal, the French Quarter, McGill University and Mt Royal for great views of the city. Then, this afternoon, we join our home for the next 7 nights, the Holland America ship MS Veendam, and embark on our cruise down the St Lawrence River. Depart 4.00pm.

Sunday 7 October:

Quebec (B,L,D)

The singular image of the city is a hotel surrounded by cannons. Built to evoke a mountain castle, Chateau Frontenac sits atop a cape above the St. Lawrence River. The hotel is part of the city’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with all the stone buildings and winding streets, you’ll think you’re in Europe. Many structures date back to Quebec City’s beginnings, and highlights include Notre Dame des Victoires, the Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Musée de la Civilisation. You can explore the city independently this morning or perhaps take one of the shore excursions offered by the ship. Arrive 7.00am. Depart 5.00pm.

Monday 8 October:

Cruising Gulf of St Lawrence (B,L,D)

The largest estuary in the world, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada and is a gateway to the interior of the entire North American continent. Geographically, the Gulf is defined by stunning coast line and beautiful islands, including Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. Thousands of migratory birds make this area their home during the spring and fall migration period.

Tuesday 9 October:

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (B,L,D)

Canada’s smallest province is an island that seems to be tethered to New Brunswick by the 8-mile-long Confederation Bridge lest it drift into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Leave the mainland, cross the bridge, and make a right for Charlottetown. The largest city on Prince Edward Island as well as its capital, its Victorian architecture, abundance of parks, and harbourside location make it an idyllic stop for cruise visitors. Walk the cobblestones of Victoria Row, see the house that inspired “Anne of Green Gables,” or explore the wild shore of Prince Edward Island National Park. Arrive 8.00am Depart 5.00pm

Wednesday 10 October:

Sydney, Nova Scotia (B,L,D)

A hundred thousand Gaelic welcomes await you in Nova Scotia, Latin for “New Scotland.” At the northeast end of the province sits Cape Breton Island, whose wild and lovely topography includes Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Bras d’Or Lake, and miles of rugged coastline. Sydney is the gateway to it all. There are highland villages for visitors to see, the scenic Cabot Trail to explore, golden inland seas to sail, and the Fortress of Louisburg to inspect – where every barn, barracks and pipe and drum corps appears just as it did when King Louis’ troops occupied the site in 1744. Arrive 8.00am Depart 4.00pm

Thursday 11 October

Halifax, Nova Scotia (B,L,D)

It’s big enough to be the economic and cultural capital of eastern Canada, but small enough to be easy-going and hospitable. Halifax residents have it good, the city is located on one of the planet’s great natural harbours and adorned with landmarks like the Citadel fortress, Pier 21 (Canada’s Ellis Island), and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Outside the city, cruise visitors can discover the weather-beaten landscape of Nova Scotia’s south shore. See craggy coastlines, the bouldered topography of Peggy’s Cove, and the German village of Lunenburg, so meticulously restored it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive 8.00am Depart 4.00pm

Friday 12 October

Bar Harbour, Maine (B,L,D)

For much of the year, sunlight touches the United States first at Cadillac Mountain on the Maine Coast. From the granite-slabbed summit, light tiptoes down across the rest of Mount Desert Isle, Acadia National Park, and the town of Bar Harbour and then the rest of the country. The raw coastal scenery attracted Hudson River School painters in the 1840s, and their art in turn lured visitors to the area. Lots of them. Before you know it, Bar Harbour was a haven for the East Coast glittering class and bejewelled with grand mansions and immaculate gardens. Cruise visitors can walk the streets of town, relax on the Village Green, or climb Cadillac Mountain. Arrive 8.00am Depart 5.00pm

Saturday 13 October

Boston – New York (B)

Sadly, its time to disembark from our cruise this morning as we arrive back into Boston. Our coach is waiting to whisk us away to more adventure as we journey south, firstly to Newport, Rhode Island,  where America’s wealthiest families summered over in their “cottages”. It also boasts a long association with the America’s Cup. Then we continue south along Ocean Dive to the “Big Apple”, New York City for a 3 night stay.

Sunday 14 October

New York (B)

Today, we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in New York. There is plenty to see – Times Square, Central Park, Harlem, lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Empire State building, United Nations, Central Park. We will even have time for a harbour cruise which will take up past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Monday 15 October

New York (B)

The day is left totally free to allow you to pursue your own interests.There are museums and galleries galore, Fifth Avenue for shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park etc … For the night owls, what about a Broadway show this evening.

Tuesday 16 October

New York – Los Angeles (B.D)

This morning, its time to farewell New York as we transfer to the airport for our cross country flight to Los Angeles. We enjoy an overnight stay in Los Angeles and a farewell dinner together.

Wednesday 17 October

Los Angeles –Home

The day is free for last minute shopping or sightseeing before we are transferred back to the airport in time to join our overnight homeward flight. Cross International Date- line en route.

Friday 19 October


Arrival time is early morning.



Tour Costs – Inside Cabin

Sharing Twin/Double Room – $17,500
Supplement for Single Room – $4,950

Tour Costs – Outside Cabin

Sharing Twin/Double Room – $17,980
Supplement for Single Room – $5,450

Tour Costs – Balcony Cabin

Sharing Twin/Double Room – $20,700
Supplement for Single Room  – $8650

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from Auckland. Additional cost to upgrade to Premium Economy and Business Class available on request.
  • All prepaid airline fees/fuel surcharges/government taxes/security charges as known at 01.09.17.
  • First Class or Superior Grade accommodation throughout.
  • A choice of Inside, Ocean view or Balcony Stateroom.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities to coach driver, guides and cruise staff.
  • Baggage handling of one piece per person.
  • Fully escorted by a Maher Tours Leader.
Costs Exclude
  • Shore excursions available on cruise.
  • Any meals and sightseeing not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Canada and USA Entry Fees and Travel Insurance (advice and assistance supplied if required).
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. room service, laundry, drinks, telephone calls.


We recently had the pleasure of a couple of Maher Tours and we are happy to recommend that organisation to everyone who enjoys travel.

Our first tour was a fortnight in Tasmania. We came across this by chance in a magazine and it sounded like a good one so we joined that tour. It was better than expected – it was excellent! One comment was what would you do for two weeks in Tasmania. Well in that time we saw lots of places that we would never have found by ourselves, (we had self-driven previously) and every day was a highlight.

After the Tasmanian experience we had no hesitation in joining a month long tour of Canada and New England in the Autumn. Again very enjoyable. The “Fall Colours” were amazing, the places where we stayed were extremely interesting.

Both tours were very well organised, first class accommodation, varied and beautiful places to visit, and with very enjoyable company.

We had the added pleasure on both tours of having part of the Maher Family Company as tour leaders. This added an extra dimension of personal attention and family atmosphere to the tours, which made the tours all the more enjoyable.

We judge the experiences that we had as first class. We are happy to recommend Maher Tours, in fact we are now looking forward to our next Maher Tour. – Happy Traveller

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